Posted on: 8 May 2017
Skylights were very trendy for a while -- especially in master bedrooms. They have fallen out of vogue somewhat, but there are many homeowners who still find them appealing and luxurious. Like any design element, skylights have their pros and cons. Consider both sides as you decide whether you truly want one in your master bedroom.
Pro: They give you a lovely view of the night sky.
If you enjoy gazing up at the stars on a clear night or even watching the clouds roll in before a thunderstorm, a skylight allows you to experience this. You can lie back in bed and drift off to sleep as you enjoy the beautiful view. In a way, a skylight brings the beauty of the outdoors into your bedroom.
Pro: They add natural light to your space.
During the daytime, a skylight can bring plenty of natural light into your room. Natural light can help you feel more awake and relaxed. It also reduces your use of overhead lighting, which may help keep energy bills in check. Some color schemes, especially dark ones, look more appealing when a room is filled with natural light like that from a skylight.
Con: They are prone to leaks.
Many skylights develop leaks where they integrate with the roof. The metal flashing that forms a barrier between the skylight and roofing materials may rust and corrode over time, contributing to these leaks. You can minimize your risk of leaks somewhat by having the skylight installed by a roofing contractor who is very experienced with skylights. He or she will ensure the light is angled properly to reduce the chances of a leak. Still, there is the possibility of water coming in if the skylight frame warps or the flashing wears unexpectedly.
Con: They're not very energy-efficient.
Glass is simply not as good of an insulator as most roofing materials. So, you're sure to lose some heat (or gain heat during the summer) through your skylight. You can minimize this energy loss by choosing energy-efficient, low-e glass, but your bills will still be higher than if you did not have a skylight.
To learn more about the pros and cons of a skylight, talk to a roofing contractor in your area, like Todd Harkleroad Roofing Inc. They can let you know how a skylight would coordinate with your unique roof layout and design.You can also use the estimate they provide to determine if a skylight is a budget-smart choice.Share